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Classical Mythology

Classical Mythology

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By (author) Mark P. O. Morford, By (author) Robert J. Lenardon, By (author) Michael Sham

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 864 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 251mm x 38mm | 1,542g
  • Publication date: 13 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0199768986
  • ISBN 13: 9780199768981
  • Edition: 9
  • Edition statement: International edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.), maps.
  • Sales rank: 69,431

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Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Ninth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available in one volume. Featuring the authors' extensive translations of original sources as well as their clear explanations and commentary, the book brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. The text contains a wide variety of faithfully translated passages from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Hesiod, all the Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca. In addition, it offers historical and cultural background on the myths, including evidence from art and archaeology, as well as ample interpretive material. The map program has been revised and enhanced. Michael Sham, who wrote the study guide for past editions and was also the main author of the extensive website and ancillaries, has joined Morford and Lenardon as a coauthor.

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Mark Morford is Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Virginia Robert Lenardon is Professor of Classics Emeritus at The Ohio State University Michael Sham is Associate Professor of Classics at Siena College

Table of contents

ART, MAPS, AND FIGURES ; PREFACE ; ABOUT THE AUTHORS ; ABOUT THE WEBSITE ; PART ONE ; THE MYTHS OF CREATION: THE GODS ; 1. Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology ; APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 1: SOURCES FOR CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY ; 2. Historical Background of Greek Mythology ; 3. Myths of Creation ; 4. Zeus' Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals ; ADDITIONAL READING: PARALLELS IN MYTHS OF GREECE AND THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST ; 5. The Twelve Olympians: Zeus, Hera, and Their Children ; 6. The Nature of the Gods ; APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 6: GREEK RELIGION ; 7. Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters ; 8. Athena ; 9. Aphrodite and Eros ; 10. Artemis ; ADDITIONAL READING: SELECTIONS FROM EURIPIDES' HIPPOLYTUS ; 11. Apollo ; ADDITIONAL READING: THE HOMERIC HYMN TO PYTHIAN APOLLO ; 12. Hermes ; 13. Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus ; 14. Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries ; 15. Views of the Afterlife: The Realm of Hades ; 16. Orpheus and Orphism: Mystery Religions in Roman Times ; PART TWO ; THE GREEK SAGAS ; INTRODUCTION ; 17. The Theban Saga ; 18. The Mycenaean Saga ; ADDITIONAL READING: ORESTES AND THE THREE ELECTRAS ; 19. The Trojan Saga and the Iliad ; APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 19: MELEAGER AND THE CALYDONIAN BOAR HUNT ; 20. The Returns and the Odyssey ; 21. Perseus and the Legends of Argos ; APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 21: BELLEROPHON ; 22. Heracles ; 23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica ; 24. Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts ; ADDITIONAL READING: JASON AND MEDEA IN EURIPIDES ; 25. Greek and Roman Legends in Ovid's Poetry ; PART THREE ; THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY ; 26. Roman Mythology and Saga ; PART FOUR ; THE SURVIVAL OF CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY ; 27. Classical Mythology in Literature and Art ; 28. Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film ; GLOSSARY OF MYTHOLOGICAL WORDS AND PHRASES IN ENGLISH ; THE GREEK SPELLING OF NAMES ; INDEXES ; A. INDEX OF AUTHORS, COMPOSERS, AND TITLES ; B. GLOSSARY/INDEX OF MYTHOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSONS, PLACES, AND SUBJECTS